As someone who grew up not far from Glasgow, studied there and then swapped it for Edinburgh, I’ve experienced both of Scotland’s most noted cities. Glasgow is unpretentious, sprawling and insanely underrated by international visitors; whilst Edinburgh is its obviously beautiful opposite, with its Old and New Towns and more reserved inhabitants. At the end of November, I was invited on a bloggers’ press trip … Continue reading A whirlwind walking tour of Glasgow city centre | #YOYP2018
With its sandstone-lined streets and distinctive mock-gothic university, Glasgow’s West End is beautiful… And its recent role as Boston and Harvard in Outlander has only bolstered its popularity with a new audience. This is a bourgeois bubble of Scotland’s largest city but for me, it holds more memories than a quick cameo in a TV show. It was here, two years ago, that I graduated: … Continue reading Autumn in Glasgow’s gothic West End (as seen in Outlander!)
AD: This trip was kindly funded by VisitScotland. Even before Outlander first hit our screens back in 2014, one thing was crystal clear: Scotland is magical. Okay, the likelihood of travelling back in time through standing stones or meeting an entrantress in the pub is slim, but you just have to look at our country to be enthralled by its landscapes, history, castles and culture. … Continue reading A guide to the ultimate Outlander road trip!
AD: This trip was sponsored by Dig It! to promote their Hidden Gems campaign, giving some love to some of Scotland’s lesser-known historic jewels. One of my favourite phrases — which I fire at friends and visitors alike — is, ‘there’s history everywhere you go in Scotland.’ But in some parts of our dear green country, it’s harder to believe. The central belt especially was a … Continue reading 5 historic hidden gems in Scotland’s central belt
What do you think when someone says Paisley? If you were a Scottish teen in the noughties, this town was associated with one thing: Paolo Nutini. For me, he was an example of how a humble background is no barrier to creativity and success. I remember listening to These Streets and wondering if Paisley was anything like my home town; a stark contrast to the big cities … Continue reading Paisley: UK City of Culture 2021?
A day after returning from Rome in September, we were having gelato withdrawal symptoms (it’s a common occurrence, just ask your doctor). So when B’s family started talking about a place called Vanilla Joe’s — which has recently scooped Scotland’s Best Gelataria at the Italian Awards — our curiosity rumbled along with our tummies. So, with our tans still glowing, we zoomed down to Irvine to … Continue reading Why Irvine is Scotland’s ice cream capital!